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2018 Subaru XV will make its way to America as a new Crosstrek

Do you like hatchbacks that are lifted and come with additional body cladding? If so, not only will you like the new Subaru Crosstrek, you're part of a growing contingent of car buyers.

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Say hello to what will become the next Subaru Crosstrek.

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Here in Europe, it's referred to as the Subaru XV, a name that existed for a spell in the US before being shortened to simply "Crosstrek."

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This is the first major redesign for the Crosstrek since its introduction in 2012.

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Like before, it's largely the same as the Subaru Impreza hatchback off which it's based.

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However, unlike the Impreza, it boasts a taller ride height and additional cladding on the lower part of the body.

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All-wheel drive is still standard, like it is on nearly every other Subaru.

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In Europe, the sole engine on offer is a 154-horsepower, 2.0-liter flat-four. It comes mated to a continuously variable transmission.

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In the US, that number is likely to dip to the same 152-horsepower output seen on the 2017 Impreza.

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The US Impreza gets a manual in certain trims, so perhaps the Crosstrek will, too. But that's not necessarily a given.

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We'll learn more about the US-specification Crosstrek after it debuts at the New York International Auto Show in April.

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